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Waitomo: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour by Boat

1. Waitomo: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour by Boat

Discover New Zealand's natural wonder of Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided boat trip. Glide by boat through this underground complex, watching millions of tiny bioluminescent insects lighting up the rocky limestone. Explore this cave complex, including a chance to visit the Cathedral Cave on foot. The caves were formed over 30 million years ago and comprise 2 levels. The upper level is dry and includes the entrance to the cave and formations known as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ, and the Banquet Chamber. On the lower level are stream passages and the Cathedral. Begin on foot as your local guide brings the caves to life with stories about their history. Then, board a boat and marvel at the light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.

Matamata: Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour Ticket

2. Matamata: Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour Ticket

Take a guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set in the heart of the Waikato region. Step into the stunning landscapes of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the only set that remains intact from the movie trilogies. Wander the rambling paths of The Shire and see the Hobbit Holes in the rolling hillsides. Follow your guide around the set as they show you the most famous locations and explain how the movie magic was made. Walk around the 12-acre set, past Hobbit Hole and the Mill. Then, step into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn. Sample an exclusive, specially brewed beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.

Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

3. Waiheke Island: Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus Tickets

Discover the magic of Waiheke with a combined ferry and hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel from Auckland harbor on a ferry and board a double-decker bus to attractions like Oneroa Village, Oneroa Beach, and several local wineries. It’s the most flexible and cost-effective tour option on the island, introducing you to the island’s top spots. Hop on and off as much as you like at any of its 16 convenient stops, which include vineyards, beaches, and restaurants. If you prefer, stay on board and enjoy a scenic tour of the island. The buses stop at some of the island’s iconic spots including Oneroa Village, Onetangi Beach, Batch Winery, the new Tantalus winery/brewery, Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay Vineyard, and more. The knowledgeable tour drivers, and the addition of an on-board host, ensure you’ll receive the most informative commentary as you travel around and you can get all the local tips and tricks for how best to enjoy Waiheke. The Explorer Hop-on Hop-off departs from each location approximately every 60 minutes throughout the day and every 30 minutes at peak times.

Mitai Maori Village: Cultural Experience and Dinner Buffet

4. Mitai Maori Village: Cultural Experience and Dinner Buffet

Enter a Maori village in a natural bush setting and learn about their customs during an immersive cultural experience. Following pickup from your Rotorua accommodation, if option booked, get a warm meet and greet from a beautiful Maori maidens. Learn the guidelines to enter the sacred site and select a chief from your group to represent those visiting the village. See warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe down the Wai-o-whiro stream and marvel at glow worms in their natural habitat. Be captivated by the songs and dances of an entertaining concert, complete with the spine-tingling haka war dance. Watch as the hangi feast is removed from the earth-cooked oven, explore the art of ta moko (tattoo) and more.  Feast on a hot selection of succulent meats and poultry, vegetables and fresh salads, topped off with tempting desserts.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Hike Trail Roundtrip Shuttle

5. Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Hike Trail Roundtrip Shuttle

Take the worry out of driving to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a convenient roundtrip shuttle with morning pick and afternoon return shuttle transfers.   Enjoy one of the best one-day hikes in the world, which has received the honor of being rated the #1 one-day hike in New Zealand. Embark on a 6-8 hour hike that offers some challenging climbs and breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park. If you want to hike at a slower pace, take an early shuttle in the morning and late shuttle in the afternoon, which allows for ample time to get through the trail comfortably.

Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

6. Waitomo Caves: Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

Float down an underground river, slip into fast waters, jump off a small waterfall and take in the magic of the glowworm grotto of Ruakuri Cave on this Black Labyrinth adventure. Put on your gear and learn from professionally trained guides that will take you ziplining, rafting, and caving.  Check in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Get all your equipment and instructions from your guide before you begin the subterranean journey. Leap over cascading waterfalls and weave and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland. After an energized trip, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Ride a stream that twists and turns through a canyon, and tumble down a hidden waterfall and rock slide before emerging into the sun-dappled Waitomo forest. The rafting base is located a short distance outside Waitomo Caves village. This is the booking and assembly point for all black water rafting expeditions. It is also the home of the Long Black Cafe, where you'll find delicious food, coffee, and friendly Kiwi service. 

Waiotapu: Thermal Park and Lady Knox Geyser Entry Ticket

7. Waiotapu: Thermal Park and Lady Knox Geyser Entry Ticket

Discover Wai-O-Tapu, an active geothermal area at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic Center, just north of the Reporoa caldera, in New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone with this entry ticket. Let the eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser take your breath away.  Experience the Wai-O-Tapu park which means “sacred waters” in Maori, and which is the homeland of the Ngati Whaoa tribe who descended from those on the Arawa waka. Admire the colorful hot springs, such as the Champagne Pool, Artist’s Palette, Primrose Terrace and the boiling mud pools. The striking appearance of these springs is due to dramatic geothermal conditions beneath the earth. Get access to this 18 square kilometer geothermal area. Arrive in the morning and the see the 10:30 AM eruptIon of the Lady Knox Geyser. Marvel as hot water is shot sky-high from deep within the earth.

Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

8. Auckland: Waiheke Island Fast Ferry Pass

Make your visit to Waiheke Island as easy and stress-free as possible with use of this fast, reliable and affordable ferry service. With all the comforts and necessities you could wish for, travel from the city to the island and back, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning surrounding landscapes. With regular departures throughout the day, fitting the ferry ride into your travel schedule is no problem at all, meaning you can explore the island at your own leisure. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island is a popular tourist destination just a 40-minute ferry ride from Downtown Auckland. During the sail, admire the view as the ferry cruises past Auckland’s stunning coastline. Upon arrival at the island, spend the day exploring and wandering through the unique landscapes of olive groves and sandy beaches before your return journey to the city.

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

9. Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland. Set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as North Head/Devonport and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins that regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. The "Dolphin Explorer" is able to get much closer than whale watching operations in other locations. Learn about the fauna via expert commentary from the ship's skipper. When you travel with us, you aren't only experiencing the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, you are helping to regenerate and protect it for the future generations, with a dollar from every ticket bought goes towards the Hauraki Gulf Guardians fund.

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

10. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip with Festive Lunch

Become immersed in the magical world of the Lord of the Rings with a guided visit to Hobbiton. Enjoy a roundtrip transfer from Auckland and discover every corner of this iconic movie set with a guide. Eat lunch like a Hobbit at a mesmerizing themed location. Meet your driver guide in Auckland and set off on a modern air-conditioned bus with onboard WiFi. Discover the rolling hillsides, walkways, and Hobbit holes from the movies, and be expertly guided as you stroll around the set. Stand in the doorway and step inside of a Hobbit hole and see where the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins himself lived. Allow your guide to tell you interesting facts about how the movies were made. Top off your Middle Earth adventure with a beer, ale, cider, or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn. Finally, enjoy a full buffet lunch like a Hobbit at the Party Marquee. After your tour and lunch, you will board your coach again and travel back to Auckland.

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4.8
(407 reviews)

This was such a great experience, seamless, easy and very enjoyable, Hobbiton was of course a highlight, but I'm so glad I took it with Auckland Scenic Tours as the whole things was so much more carefree and lovely. They picked me up from my Airbnb and Matt (our tour guide) was so kind and informative. I had SUCH a great time - thank you very much AST! :) 15/10 would 100% recommend!

It was an amazing trip, Marcel, Rachel, Tom, Conner and Lucy were all fantastic! They were all friendly and amazing with what they do, will definitely do it again, and will recommend it to friends and family. 5 stars for this awesome crew! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

We had a great experience on our cruise to the hole in the rock bay of islands. We Highly recommend this family owned business to anyone wanting to do the hole in the rock tour.

The activities were super fun. Seeing all the hobbit holes and glowworms were amazing! Michael was such a great guide and driver. Made the ride not boring. All good things.

Our experience was amazing! Absolutely loved every bit of the experience x Thank you a million times over.